STMicroelectronics Introduces Affordable LoRa Development Packs For All User Types

STMicroelectronics has recently announced the launch of a new set of LoRa Development packs, which are not only affordable, but they are aiming to a large pool of users from big organizations, small companies, hackers, engineers, students, and hobbyists.

The ready-to-use development packs are aimed for applications bent on leveraging LoRa ’s long-range, low-power wireless IoT connectivity for tracking, positioning, metering, and many related applications.

LoRa Development Packs (LRWAN2 NUCLEO STARTER)
The P-NUCLEO-LRWAN2 STM32 Nucleo starter pack – Click to Enlarge

STMicroelectronics is releasing the P-NUCLEO-LRWAN2 pack and P-NUCLEO-LRWAN3 pack. Both packs provide a complete LoRaWAN development kit, and they include gateways, end-nodes, and ST tools, which are all based on the STM32 Nucleo evaluation boards.

The LoRa gateway on both packs is based on the STM32 Nucleo-144 development board, NUCLEO-F746ZG. The STM32 Nucleo-144 development board with STM32F746ZG MCU supports Arduino, ST Zio, and Morpho connectivity. The Gateway header pins are exposed out to facilitate more development, and they support interfacing with LoRaWAN network-server providers LORIOT, Actility, myDevices Cayenne for LoRa and The Things Network.

LoRa Development Packs (LPWAN3 NUCLEO STARTER)
The P-NUCLEO-LRWAN3 STM32 Nucleo starter pack – Click to Enlarge

The Nodes in both packs are based on the NUCLEO-L073RZ Nucleo-64 board that features the STM32L073RZT6 ultra-low-power MCU and come with a battery socket for easy mobility. An expansion board for the nodes is also available with each pack, which comes with a set of motion and environmental sensors.

The packs come in two different frequency groups. The P-NUCLEO-LRWAN2 pack is available for high-frequency (868MHz/915MHz/923MHz) ISM bands while the P-NUCLEO-LRWAN3 pack is available for low-frequency (433/470MHz) ISM regions.

STM32 Nucleo-64 development board

The node expansion board for the P-NUCLEO-LRWAN2 pack is the I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 node expansion board designed by USI. It is based on the STM32L0 module and includes LSM303AGR MEMS e-compass, LPS22HB pressure sensor, and ST HTS221 temperature and humidity sensor.

The node expansion board for the P-NUCLEO-LRWAN3 pack is the I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 node expansion board designed by USI. It is based on the STM32L0-powered RisingHF module RHF0M003 and includes the ST LSM6DS33D accelerometer, ST LPS22HB pressure sensor, and ST HTS221 temperature and humidity sensor.

Both development packs are available for $99 each, and users can purchase it online from the various approved distributors. The STM32 ecosystem tools like the Keil MDK-ARM, STM32CubeMX MCU initializer, and configurator can be used for working with the packs.

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Thanks for the pointer to these kits, Ayo. I was in a hurry to get to the most important part, the price, so after reading “affordable”, “students” and “hobbyists” I was shocked to see a price tag of $99. However, it’s worth pointing out again that:-
EACH OF THE KITS INCLUDE BOTH A GATEWAY AND A NODE, ANTENNAS AND FIRMWARE

…so you’re basically all set to start experimenting as soon as you get a kit.

The gateways appear to ship with firmware for the Loriot provider as default, but binaries for Actility and TTN are available from st.com.
The nodes appear to come with a pre-installed binary with an AT command stack in case you don’t feel up to rolling your own just yet.

So, with a gateway, a node board with multiple sensors and firmware all ready to go, $99 looks like a pretty attractive price after all (…and no, I have no connection with STMicro, apart from as a customer for a couple of their previous boards).

-John-